WHO IS VALENTINE OZIGBO???
Valentine Chineto Ozigbo (born July 20, 1970) is a Nigerian business executive. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria plc (or Transcorp), a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments and core interests in the hospitality, agribusiness and energy sectors .He was appointed to the position in 2019.
Previously, Ozigbo worked as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria-based hospitality company, Transcorp Hotels Plc. Transcorp Hotels is the hospitality subsidiary of Nigerian conglomerate Transcorp. He also worked in the banking sector, gaining over 17 years of experience with NAL Merchant Bank, Diamond Bank, Continental Trust Bank, FSB International Bank, Standard Trust Bank, United Bank for Africa and Bank PHB.
Early life and education:
Ozigbo hails from Anambra State in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. He attended Christ the Redeemer College, a secondary school in Amesi, Anambra State, where he was an outstanding student, having represented the college in various quiz competitions. He later taught Physics and Mathematics at this institution while awaiting University admission.
He studied Accounting at the
University of Nigeria, Nsukka graduating with the class of 1994 with the best result in both Accounting and Business Administration.
He obtained his MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2000 and an MSc in finance with distinction from the Lancaster University, United Kingdom in 2004.
Ozigbo has professional qualifications in accounting (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria) which he obtained in 1998, Taxation (The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria) gotten in 2000 and Credit Administration (Institute of Credit Administration) which he bagged in 2015. He is a fellow of all these three institutions.
Previously, Ozigbo worked in the banking sector, raking up over 17 years in experience with NAL Merchant Bank, Diamond Bank, Continental Trust Bank, FSB International Bank, Standard Trust Bank, United Bank for Africa and Bank PHB.
As CEO of Transcorp Hotels, he oversaw the hotel’s expansion to other cities across Nigeria and a consolidation of its status as the leading hotel in the country. Under him, the company announced an N8 billion initial public offering (IPO) in 2014, which was oversubscribed.
Transcorp Hotels Plc:
Ozigbo served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. from October 2011 – December 2018. In this role, he provided strategic direction and drove the execution of key strategic goals of the company and its projects under management which included business expansion, merger and acquisition opportunities, business improvements, upgrade and renovations.
He was also responsible for developing five new projects worth over $500 million including two hotels in Lagos and Port Harcourt, a 5000-capacity conference facility, luxury apartments and the upgrade of existing hotels with additional retail facilities.
Ozigbo was a British Chevening Scholar in 2003–04.
He has also participated in many international conferences including: the World Economic Forum at Davos (WEF) and the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) in Nigeria; the African Development Bank annual meetings in China; the World Bank/ International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings in Washington DC; Euromoney and Economist Conferences in London; Euromoney debates on Capital Flows to Africa in London; and SIBOS 2009.
In September 2018, he conferred the award of a Distinguished Alumni of the Lancaster University. The award was conferred on him at a special convocation ceremony of the university held at its Ghana Campus .
In recognition of his accomplishments as a Nigerian business executive, Nairametrics published an article declaring him the village boy turned world-class CEO.
YEAR, AWARD ,AWARDIN INSTITUTE/ ORGANISA
1992/1993 Faculty Prize for Best Final Year Student, Faculty of Business Administration 1992/93 University Nigeria
1992/93 Departmental Prize for Best Final Year Student in the Department of Accountancy, 1992/93 session University Nigeria
1992/93 Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Prize to the Best Graduating Student in Accountancy University Nigeria
1992/93 Peter Ajose Alli-Idowu Prize to the Best All-Round Student in Accountancy, 1992/93 Session Peter AjosIdowu
2015 State Patron-Ship Hatman Hospitality Tourism Manageme Associatio Nigeria
2016 Service Excellence (Hospitality and Tourism Sector Excellence Institute fo Service Excellence Good GovernancConfers
2016 Seven Stars CEO of the Year Seven Star Luxury Hospitality Lifestyle Awards
2018 Outstanding Leadership in Hospitality Operations and Management Awards National Tourism Transport Summit an Expo Awar
2018 Tourism Personality of the year 2018 Miss Touri Nigeria
2018 Excellence in Hospitality Awards Nigeria Bar Associatio
2019 Seven Stars Hospitality Person of the year Seven Star Luxury Hospitality Lifestyle Awards
Ozigbo is the last child of Mr. Andrew Ozigbo (a retired school headmaster) and Christiana Ozigbo (a small businesswoman). He is married to Mary-Callista Ojiugo Ozigbo with whom he has three sons (Mario Obioma Ugochukwu, Chimdi Angello and Mitchel Chima) and one daughter (Valerie Chioma).